What do we have here? A practice in accountability.
The first quarter of the year is almost over. So many things have changed in that short span of time, but also so many have remained the same. People should already stop me from saying it because it makes me sound like a broken record, but we’re still not vaccinated — ABC says it will take two years. I honestly don’t know how to look forward to that, so I’m setting my sight on what’s in front of me. I can’t say it’s promising, but let’s go.
2021 Vision Board
I made a vision board before the year started. But more than a wishlist, it was also an action plan. How’s it going so far? A little less hopeful than when I started but it’s just the first quarter. Let’s break it down.
I went with “steadfast” as a theme for the year. I’d like to think the first three months were preparation for more challenging times, like an engine revving up for a long road ahead. I have not quit; I’m just beginning.
Now, on to the actual steps I was supposed to make.
- One of my bigger goals for this year is to finally finish our emergency fund. Things got a little shaky at the start of the year, and let’s just say we still have a long way to go. We’ve not given up on the goal though. We’re still constantly looking for ways to actually get it. This leads us to the next point.
- Having another source of income was a big goal this year too. We finally took a step forward when it comes to that, and I’m pretty proud. We launched Article Clothing, a secondhand clothing shop, with a goal to not only possibly augment our income but more importantly, do our little part in helping out the environment. I’m quite hopeful for this one. It’s something we tried doing early on in my husband and I’s relationship but we quit. This time, we’re sticking and figuring it out. I’m also looking for writing jobs I can do on the side. My husband is taking on another side hustle as well — something he’s been wanting to do for a long time! Of course, this blog will always be a dream project (that helps pay the bills). We have a few things going on!
- We’re close to paying off the purchase we made at the end of last year (in June, to be exact). We still have monthly payments for ads through my husband’s credit card, but I don’t count that as debt. So we’re a bit on track on this. After our credit card payments, we’ll start with personal loans.
- I haven’t started saving up for a new laptop because, to be honest, I’m still unsure of what to get. My desire to go against the norm is quite strong, but I’m already used to using an Apple device. So my next step is to research and figure out what’s best for me and my needs and go from there.
- This one, I’m not proud of but I’m not going to be hard on myself. With all the things I’ve put on my plate, doing two videos — with the quality I want them to have — is just unrealistic. Do I still see myself hitting my goal though? Yes, but I need to change my game plan and not spend a lot of time on TikTok. This review is making me realize that it’s time to just start making again. 5,000 is still the number to reach! Help me reach my goal and subscribe here.
- I weighed myself yesterday morning and I’ve lost three kilos. I stopped working out late last year so it was only a matter of time till I gained all the weight I had lost. I had a rude awakening last month. I was convinced I was already diabetic — it runs in my family so I was resigned to the fact that I will get it eventually. I had been feeling weak and just not feeling good about myself in general, so I decided to have it checked. I’m not diabetic yet, but I am already obese. Finding it out in a medical setting just made it more real — I mean, I could already feel it but I guess I needed a professional to tell me. So I’ve been working out again. I’m starting off at three times a week (I used to have a six-day routine). This week, I’ll try to do it five times a week. I’m trying to pace myself so I don’t get tired of everything and just quit again. The goal weight is still 55kg, even though the doctor told me 69kg is good for now (that’s just overweight and no longer obese based on my height). I have a long way to go but I’m sure I can do it.
I’ve got lots of work to do, but doing this check-in surprisingly makes me feel good about where I stand. There are lots of improvements needed, but it’s good to know that steps are being made and that I’m actually putting up a fight. How about you? How are your plans going?